DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

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    DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

    Hello all!

    I am relatively new to the board but I have been using as a resource for amassing my ESB fett and it has been awesome! I have decided to give back (hopefully with something some will find useful) by documenting a jet pack harness that I am creating. I wanted something that did a good job at weight distribution with realistic straps, sturdy d-rings, but not cost too much.

    While searching for various scuba harnesses, I came across the Dive Rite basic harness. SCUBA Diving Equipment for Technical, Sidemount, Rebreather, Wreck and Cave Diving: Dive Rite, Inc - Product Catalog - Basic Harness

    The buckle can pass for me but could easily be replaced with a US divers. I ended up getting the harness on ebay for around $30. You can see what came in the photo.imag0225-jpg

    So this really can not be used without some kind of backplate. The one shown on the website is usually around $60-70 so I decided to make my own. I found the measurements of the backplate online which are:

    39.4 cm tall (15.5 in)
    26.7 cm wide at base (10.5 in)
    22.9 cm wide at top (9 in)

    I measured this out on cardboard and cut it out to use as a template. I kept a center line on the template to use for other measurements later on.
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    The next step was to mark out the holes for the strap to pass through. They needed to be about 2 in to accommodate the strap. I kind of just guessed on their location based on the picture of the backplate and just made sure it was symmetrical between sides. I then cut out the slots using an x-acto knife and then also rounded the corners.

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    I then fed the strap through to get an idea of what it would look like. There is a grommet at the midpoint in the strap which you line up in the center of the backplate to know you have an even amount of strap on each side.
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    So this is where I am at right now. I plan to have two of the d-rings on the front of the shoulder straps which I will attach my jetpack straps to through the backplate.

    Does anyone have any ideas on a good material to make the backplate? I am looking for something durable and easy to work with/cut but still have some bend to it so I can form it to my back.

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    Re: DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

    Excellent idea and an awesome build so far! Just keep us posted as you progress on this.

    For the back plate you might use a thicker piece of Sintra. If you use a PVC (and related) bucket or barrel, and cut your template in upright position, the existing curvature will help you to fit easily that piece on your back.
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    Re: DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

    Wow. this is great! I can use this for my (non-Fett) Mandalorian build. Thanks!

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    Re: DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

    Good idea on the bucket or barrel. That is what I was thinking of trying to use was something with a natural curve. No real updates as of yet. I am thinking about streamlining the backplate by cutting some curves into each side so it is almost more like a horizontal H shape. Not sure if I will though, need to try to get some material first to check the fit.

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    Re: DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

    Alright, so I finally had some free time to finish the harness. I was really bad about taking any progress photos but I have a bunch of the finished product.

    Ended up using a 12X18 sheet of 2mm aluminum ($10) to make the backplate. I traced the initial cardboard template to the aluminum and cut it using heavy duty tin snips. To cut the slots that the strap passes through, I used a high speed rotary tool with a metal cutting wheel.

    I did not quite like the fit of the plate initially so I added a couple bends down the back to make a better contour. It still seemed too bulky so I cut out a section from each side and it fit much better. The d-rings are lined up right in front of my shoulders for attachment of the straps to the jet pack.

    Overall cost ended up being just under $50 (depending on what tools you already have available) and it turned out better than expected! Feels pretty high quality for the cost.

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    Re: DIY jetpack harness (somewhat budget)

    Any suggestions on what to make the jet pack attachment straps out of?

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